Showcase Your Writing Online

Saturday, November 28, 2020
When I was starting out as a freelance writer, one of my first goals was to produce a few solid clips that I could then use when pitching for other writing jobs and assignments. Because I focused on writing parenting topics, I was able to achieve that goal pretty quickly by pitching regional parenting magazines.

Fast forward to 2020 and most writers aren’t photocopying their writing clips and sending to publications via snail mail anymore. These days, showcasing your work online has become the focus. As the editor of a regional magazine, I agree with this sentiment. When a new writer pitches me an idea, I am much more likely to give them the assignment if they have a blog or website where I can view their writing style via online writing samples and clips. 

I also interview contestants in WOW’s flash fiction and creative non-fiction contests, and one thing I hear a lot from these writers is “Wow! You did your research on these interview questions.” When trying to develop interview questions for another writer, it is so much easier if I can view their work and projects online. Even if they don’t have a website, if they include a list of places they’ve been published in their bio, I can check those clips out and develop interview questions by reading their prose. 

If you don’t have an online portfolio, don’t let the technical aspect of it intimidate you. There are sites like Wix, Squarespace and WordPress that are easy-to use, free and provide most of the features you’ll be looking for. They also have stock photos you can use if you don’t have any of your own. I personally purchased a domain name 15 years ago and have slowly upgraded my site over the years. Now I use a WordPress template and recently invested a small amount of money ($20-$25) to buy a new template that has more features, such as widgets for social media, a home page to host my blog posts and other pages where I can link to my podcast and writing clips. You can start out simple and work your way into adding more bells and whistles to your site when you feel comfortable. 

LinkedIn is also another professional site where you can share your work in posts that any of your connections can see and read. Asking editors or other professionals in the writing/publishing industry for a quick recommendation is an easy way to get your work noticed. I’d love to hear if you already have a place online to showcase your work. 

Please share your sites or blogs in the comments! 

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and magazine editor who also produces the true crime podcast, Missing in the Carolinas. Visit her website at FinishedPages.com.

5 comments:

Sioux Roslawski said...

Renee--I have a blog but not a website. (I know, I know. It was a goal of mine earlier in the year... still not set up.)

Obviously, a website is the more modern, smart way to go. Your post today is another nudge to get off my butt and do it. Thank you.

Jeanine DeHoney said...

Great post Renee on ways to showcase your writing online.

Mary Ellen Gambutti, Author said...
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Mary Ellen Gambutti, Author said...

Mary Ellen Gambutti, Author5:15 PM

Thanks for the tips! I've enjoyed playing with my WIX site, and add published work. I set it up for freelance work, but now I'm uncertain about this path. Hopefully it will work for my new memoir when ready to publish. I have to work out how to draw subscribers, whether to email newsletters. I may use it to blog excerpts of the book. Megam-author.com

Empish said...

Renee, This post was spot on! I have a blog and website with WordPress. Both have been a great help with my online presence.

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